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Dominic Bianco / interviewed by: Mark Barrett -- Charles Blackington / interviewed by: Mark Mastromarino -- Paul Burke / interviewed by: John Shoro -- Eugene Cronin / interviewed by: Thomas Harkins -- Helen Evans / interviewed by: Betsy Crowley -- Charles Feeley / interviewed by: Joanne Battibulli -- George Guzzi, Jr. and Rose Guzzi / interviewed by: Willliam Wisheart III -- Dr. Thomas Hayden / interviewed by: Edward Glackin III -- Edward Hickey / interviewed by: Philip Gonsalves -- Lillie...
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Lilian Birrell / interviewed by: Michael Banks -- Polly Bryson / interviewed by: Bob Rocha -- Mary Jane Burgess / interviewed by: Melinda Hulmes -- Malcolm Floyd / interviewed by: Dona Rintelman -- Mabel Goldrick / interviewed by: Richard Salcedo -- Grace Lee / interviewed by: Elizabeth Brady -- Arlene Sylvester / interviewed by: Joseph Stachowiak -- Hazel Weden / interviewed by: Barbara Di Panni -- William Woodland / interviewed by: Lisa Kasprzak -- Mary Woodland / interviewed by: Nancy Nee.
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Elsa Badger / interviewed by Christopher DiSepio -- Norton Clark / interviewed by: Brian Carroll -- Dorothea Cogswell / interviewed by: Peter Buttrick -- Charles Feeley / interviewed by: Anthony Featherston, IV -- Alice Hatch / interviewed by: Alison Metzner -- Lawrence Hendricken / interviewed by: Peter Quigley -- Evelyn Hiltz / interviewed by: Margie Hession -- Marion Hinkle / interviewed by: Elisa White -- Lois McMullin / interviewed by: WIlliam Gorman -- Jane Stomberg / interviewed by:...
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CONTENTS : Edward Bartzak interviewed by Bridget Ferns -- Sabina Bartzak interviewed by Yvonne Mottershead -- Ruth Burke interviewed by Holly Doherty -- Mildred Colantuono interviewed by Mark McCullagh -- Doris Forte and Irene Forte interviewed by Kathleen Redgate -- Margaret Grant interviewed by Thane Terrill -- Mary Loring and Blanche Zakrzewski interviewed by Jenny Baker -- Vincent Madden interviewed by Max Gujean -- Alberta Morrison and Lawrence Morrison interviewed by Maureen Murphy --...
Topics: Oral history, Interviews, Massachusetts, Newton, Newton (Mass.)
Robert Parlin is a high school teacher in Newton, Massachusetts. His relationship with the city began in 1987 as a student teacher at Newton North High School before accepting a position at Newton South High School in 1988, where he has worked ever since. As an educator, Robert has extensive experience teaching U.S. history, but currently teaches 9th grade world history, as well as a senior elective class titled "Race, Class, and Gender." Since his arrival at Newton South in the late...
Topics: Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Newton (Mass.) -- Biography, Oral History
Murray Miller and his wife came to the United States from Montreal, Canada in 1973, to live and pursue post-graduate studies in Boston. Miller was 28 and had graduated from dental school at McGill University. He went on to become an orthodontist and live in Brookline before settling in Newton. Miller cites the appeal of the U.S. as his main reason for immigrating, but says the violent separatist movement in Quebec at the time helped push him to leave. Murray expresses his admiration of the U.S....
Topics: Miller Murray -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Immigrants,...
Robert Read grew up in Newton and was drafted into the Army in July of 1945, just after graduating from Newton High School. He completed basic training in Florida and was sent overseas to Europe in December of 1945, at age 18. He was assigned to the 78th Infantry Division and was stationed in Berlin, which had been divided into four zones following Germany's surrender in World War II. A few months into his duty, Read was selected to teach in a school for American GI's who wanted to receive an...
Topics: Read Robert -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Veterans --...
Zeyang Wang came to the United States in 1985 to pursue graduate studies in computer science at the University of Pittsburgh, at 31 years old. He later settled in Newton. Wang discusses the differences and similarities between China and the U.S. then and now, including the major changes and economic growth that has occurred in China since he left. Wang also talks about the experience of Chinese immigrants studying in the U.S. over several generations, according to his observations and his...
Topics: Wang Zeyang -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Chinese -- United...
Mr. Conneely was born in Ireland and immigrated in 1953 at the age of 21. He first worked on a fishing trawler with his father at the age of 10, and spent his young adulthood as a merchant mariner. In the Boston area he operated a commercial fishing vessel and worked ashore in facilities management and boat repair. He describes experiences at sea, and the conflict in Ireland from his perspective as a Roman Catholic. He praises the beauty of Newton and the education his children received there....
Topics: Conneely Patrick -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Newton (Mass.)...
Robert Read grew up in Newton and was drafted into the Army in July of 1945, just after graduating from Newton High School. He completed basic training in Florida and was sent overseas to Europe in December of 1945, at age 18. He was assigned to the 78th Infantry Division and was stationed in Berlin, which had been divided into four zones following Germany's surrender in World War II. A few months into his duty, Read was selected to teach in a school for American GI's who wanted to receive an...
Topics: Read Robert -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Veterans --...
Judith Siporin grew up in Newton Corner in the 1950's and 60's, in an old Victorian house where she still lives today. She remembers a close-knit neighborhood where children played together outside without adult interference. Siporin attended Underwood Elementary School, Bigelow Middle School, and Newton High School. In all of these schools, she felt stifled by the conformist environment. For her last two years of high school, she attended the Murray Road School, an experimental school in which...
Topics: Siporin Judith -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Newton (Mass.)...
Mr. Hambro was born in Newton Wellesley Hospital in 1949 and lived on Cotton Street. He attended Ward, Bigelow Junior High and Newton North (then Newton High School,) class of 1967. His high school teachers and activities, especially the film club, influenced future college and career decisions. He has lived in or close to Newton for around fifty years. He was active in politics and civic affairs; helped organize and participated in cultural events; and co-chaired his twentieth high school...
Topics: Hambro Bruce -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Newton (Mass.) --...
June Goodman moved to Newton in 1956 with her husband, Lester Goodman. When her third son was born in 1968, her family moved to a house in Newton Highlands, where she has lived ever since. She discusses her experiences working as a nutritionist and what it was like to have a part-time job while raising children. All four of her children went through the Newton schools and had positive experiences. Goodman recalls activities and events that she and her family attended in Newton, and describes...
Topics: Goodman June -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Newton (Mass.) --...
John Stewart, born in 1932, was raised in Bedford, Massachusetts. After graduating high school, he was drafted into the Army in 1953, completing basic training at Fort Pickett, Virginia. He served two years in the Army and was stationed in Austria for the second year. Upon returning to the United States, Stewart completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Boston University. Stewart moved to Newton Lower Falls with his wife in 1970 and became actively involved in the city. He discusses his...
Topics: Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Newton (Mass.) -- Biography, Oral history, Veterans --...
Born in 1942 in Southern Poland, in the village of Biatkówka, now part of Moderówka, Alfreda came to the United States with her mother in 1956. Her father preceded them and waited nine years for their arrival. A much younger sister was born in the US. Alfreda had a difficult adjustment as a teenager learning a new language and customs. Education was very important to her, although not always supported by her parents. She attended the University of New Hampshire, came to Boston to work in...
Topics: Piecuch Alfreda -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Immigrants --...
Reverend Howard Haywood and his wife, Katy Haywood, grew up in West Newton in a predominantly black neighborhood. They met at the Myrtle Baptist Church, where Reverend Haywood later became pastor. Both of their families came to Newton in the second half of the 19th century and got involved in the church, which was a stabilizing presence within the community. The Haywoods reminisce about childhood in West Newton and how they were able to have a positive experience despite the hardships. When the...
Topics: Haywood Howard -- Interviews, Haywood Katy -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton,...
Philip Herr was drafted into the US Army in 1954, immediately after college, where he earned a degree in architecture. After training at Forts Dix and Belvoir, he spend the duration of his two year service at Camp Zama in Japan. He describes his work as fruitful office work for Military Intelligence. A memorable experience was guarding an arrested man in transport, because it was the only time he encountered the possibility of using a firearm against another person. Mr. Herr expressed...
Topics: Herr Philip -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Korean War...
Jean Flanagan, a resident of Newtonville, was raised in West Newton, Massachussettes. Her brother, Richard Mooney, and husband, John Flanagan, were drafted into the US Army: Richard served as a medic in Phu Bai from 1971 to 1972, and John (boyfriend at the time) served in Cam Ranh Bay from November 1970 to November 1971. Flanagan discusses what it was like to have two people close to her being sent to Vietnam at the same time; how both her brother and husband readjusted after returning home;...
Topics: Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Newton (Mass.) -- Biography, Oral History, Vietnam War,...
Gisela Morales-Barreto immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 1979. Having received a degree in psychology in Venezuela, Morales-Barreto arrived in Boston to study for a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, which she received from Boston College. She went on to practice clinical psychology at Boston City Hospital. She discusses her observations on the cultural differences between Venezuela and the United States, her experiences as a Latina immigrant in the Boston area over nearly...
Topics: Morales-Barreto Gisela -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Women...
Newton Talks is an oral history project initiated in 2015 by the City of Newton Mayor's Office. It involves a collaboration among several city departments including Historic Newton, Newton Free Library, Newton Senior Center, Newton Veterans Services and Crossing Generations, a Newton South High School student group that aims to bridge the gap between generations. The project will be conducted in phases, the first of which focuses on Veterans' stories and experiences. Richard Aronson was drafted...
Topics: Aronson Richard -- Interviews., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton., Oral history., Korean War...
Thomas O'Connor enlisted in the United States Army in June, 1975 after graduating from Brookline High School. He completed basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was later assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served for two years during peacetime in Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 36th Field Artillery as a Private First Class. He discusses his physical training, social life at the barracks, and his return to Boston. O'Connor describes an incident at Fort Sill during which a round was mistakenly...
Topics: O'Connor Thomas -- Interviews., United States. Army -- Military life -- Biography., Interviews --...
Robert Ellertsen enlisted in the Navy in the spring of 1967, a few weeks prior to graduating from Gettysburg College (Penn.). He completed Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport (RI) before attending flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola (Fla.). He dropped out of the flight program and completed the Aircraft Maintenance Officers Course at the Naval Aviation Officers School in Memphis, Tenn. Ellertsen transferred to the Lakehurst Naval Air Station (NJ), where he worked as an...
Topics: Ellertsen Robert -- Interviews, United States, Navy, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral...
Maria Puzzanghero immigrated to the United States in 1947 from her home near Cassino, Italy. She was 20 years old and left to escape the destruction caused by bombings in World War II. As the daughter of an American citizen, she traveled on a U.S. passport and was granted citizenship through naturalization. She moved with her husband and four children to Newton, Massachusetts in November 1963. Puzzanghero recounts working as a seamstress in a Boston dress factory, learning English, and...
Topics: Puzzanghero Maria -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Women...
Priscilla Lasmarias Kelso came to the United States from the Philippines at the age of 20 to pursue graduate studies in English and American literature at Stanford University. She was originally from Dumaguete, on Negros Island. Throughout her career, she has taught English and worked in international education at Silliman Univeristy, the University of Pennsylvania, and Northeastern University. In Pennsylvania she met her husband, Bart Kelso. The two settled in Newton with their daughter and...
Topics: Kelso Priscilla -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Immigrants,...
Harvey Parad grew up and went to school in Newton, where he helped with the family plumbing business and learned about electronics, computers, and science. When Parad was a teenager, presenting at a science fair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he met an engineer who recruited him to work at the Electronics Corporation of America. There, he worked on a government "black project," developing infrared sensors to detect the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles. He...
Topics: Parad Harvey -- Interviews, United States Department of Defense, Interviews -- Massachusetts --...
William Wei immigrated to the United States from Fujian Province, China, in 1987. He was 30 years old. He came to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware, then completed postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before becoming a department administrator at Harvard University. Wei discusses his experiences growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the challenges of learning English and adapting to American life, family ties, and commonalities and...
Topics: Wei William -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Immigrants --...
Maureen Connelly was born in 1937, and has lived in the same house in Newton Centre for her entire life. She attended Rice School, Mason School, Weeks Junior High School, and then Newton High School. She recalls neighborhood life growing up during WWII, her experiences in the Newton public schools, and the businesses and landmarks in Newton Centre when she was a child. Connelly discusses the many changes she has noticed in Newton over the years, from the buildings and public transportation to...
Topics: Connelly Maureen -- Interviews, World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States, Interviews --...
Doctor Alan Sooho was born in 1949 in Fall River, Massachusetts. His father was born in China and immigrated to the United States when he was 12 years old; his mother was born in Chinatown in Boston. Sooho's family moved to Newton in 1960 for better work and educational opportunities. Sooho describes his experiences being "an outsider" as one of the few Chinese-American students in grade school through college. He also discusses becoming a physician and the chief of staff at the...
Topics: Sooho Alan -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Adult children of...
Shirlee Isenberg and her husband, Burton, were among the first residents of Oak Hill Park, a neighborhood the City of Newton created to house veterans returning from WWII. During her interview, Isenberg recalls the strong sense of community in Oak Hill Park, and explains that many residents of her current neighborhood, Newton Highlands, are professionals who work during the day, thus leading to a greater sense of privacy. She describes her former career as a traveling sales woman for the family...
Topics: Isenberg Shirlee -- Interviews, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral history, Housing --...
Peter Neumann was drafted into the United States Army in 1969 after graduating from Central Connecticut State Community College. He completed basic training at Fort Dix and was later assigned to Fort McClellan. Neumann was sent to Vietnam in 1970 serving in the 238th Aerial Weapons Company, 269th Aviation battalion, and the 1st Aviation Brigade. After landing at Long Binh Replacement Depot he spent time at Phu Hiep and worked managing flight radio operations. Neumann finished his service at...
Topics: Neumann Peter -- Interviews, United States, Army, Oral history, Vietnam War 1961-1975 -- Personal...
Paul Lipsitt enlisted with the Navy on September 14, 1944. After attending boot camp and receiving education in electronics, Lipsitt served as an aviation electronics technician in Olethe, Kansas. Lipsitt ended his service on July 5, 1946. After arriving home in Massachusetts, he attended Brown University through their veterans' school. He discusses his extensive education before, during, and after the war; his travels throughout the United States and around the world; and his feelings on war...
Topics: Lipsitt Paul -- Interviews., United States. Navy., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton., Oral...
Mr. Thompson was drafted into the US Army Medical Corps while an academic physician in Stockholm. An immigrant to the United States from Scotland, he was given the choice to submit to the draft or be refused future admittance to the United States. After basic training at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, he was assigned to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and started up a specialized fertility clinic to care for military personnel and their...
Topics: Thompson Irwin E. -- Interviews., United States. Army. Medical Corps., Interviews -- Massachusetts...
Paul Chernoff enlisted in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) [which became the Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA Corps) in 1965] in 1961. He underwent Naval officer training at Naval Base Norfolk in Norfolk, VA. He served on the USS Pathfinder, a converted destroyer escort at the Naval Reserve facility in Seattle and at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii. Chernoff was later assigned to the minesweeper vessel, USS Bowie (CSS 27), out of Anchorage, Alaska serving...
Topics: Chernoff Paul -- Interviews., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton., Oral history., Vietnam War...
George Rivetz was drafted into the United States Army in June, 1942. After basic training, he was assigned to the Army postal service in Boston, where he served from 1942 to 1944. He was then assigned to Post Exchange (PX) service on troopships, selling troops goods. He finished service in San Francisco in 1946. He received numerous overseas ribbons and medals. He discusses his numerous trips to and from Europe, Africa, and Asia, his experiences during battles and ship sinkings, and his service...
Topic: Rivetz George -- Interviews. Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton. Oral history. World War...
Don LaLiberte was drafted into the United States Army in 1969. He underwent training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and was later assigned to Fort Lennonwood, Missouri and Oakland Army Base. After landing at Vietnam's Bien Hoa Air Base in 1969, he was flown to Phu Quoc Island, where he served in 69th Engineers, building roads and training South Vietnamese military police at the Phu Quoc prison camp. He finished active duty in 1971. He discusses the lack of acknowledgement and appreciation he...
Topics: LaLiberte Don -- Interviews, United States, Army, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral...
Newton resident Douglas Huber served in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) from 1970-1972, and again from 1975-1977. After studying internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, he was commissioned by the USPHS. His work took him to Atlanta, Georgia, Guam, and Bangladesh with the Centers for Disease Control's Epidemic Intelligence Service. While not directly involved in conflict, Huber tracked epidemics, conducted field trials, and traveled through the developing world by...
Topics: Huber Douglas -- Interviews., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Interviews --...
Mario DiCarlo, a lifelong Newton resident, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in June, 1943. He was sent to Parris Island, then on to Camp Lejeune to be classified. Due to his civilian experience repairing magnetron equipment for Raytheon, he was assigned to receive further training in the technology. He was promoted to Corporal in August, 1943 and traveled from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor on the U.S.S. Copahee on his way to Guadalcanal, where he served as a radar technician beginning in July,...
Topics: Di Carlo Mario -- Interviews, United States Marine Corps, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton,...
Robert Whitten was commissioned into the U.S. Army in 1962, after graduating from Boston College in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). He began his active duty service after graduation from Boston College Law School in 1965. Whitten completed Officer Candidate School with the Signal Corps at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and was then assigned to the Schenectady Army Depot in Schenectady, New York, where he served as Chief Transportation Officer. Whitten was then assigned to the Pentagon,...
Topics: Whitten Robert -- Interviews, United States, Army, Pentagon (Va, ) Interviews -- Massachusetts --...
Elyse Katz is the widow of U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sergeant Robert Sandor Katz. Katz enlisted in 1942, and served as a gunner on B-24 and B-27 bombers in the 64th Bombardment Squadron, 43rd Bombardment Group, 5th Air Force. He served in the Pacific: in Japan, China, Papua New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, Luzon, and the Ryukyu Islands. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Service Star, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, Victory...
Topics: Katz Elyse -- Interviews, Katz Robert, United States Army, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton,...
Manny Brown was drafted into the U.S. Army in October, 1942. He completed basic training at Camp Barkeley in Abilene, Texas with the 90th Infantry Division. He took part in maneuvers in Louisiana and the Mojave Desert, California, before assignment to Fort Dix, New Jersey, and deployment to Europe. Brown was stationed in Cardiff, Wales and participated in the Normandy invasion landing in Cherbourg, France on D-Day. An injury sustained in October 1945 ended his active duty. Brown was awarded...
Topics: Brown, Manny, Brown -- Interviews, United States. Army, Oral history, Interviews -- Massachusetts...
Werner Gumpertz was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States. He began his service in the U.S. Army after being drafted in 1943. He trained at the Engineering Replacement Training Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and continued his service in Pennsylvania and Camp Ritchie, Maryland, for intelligence training. He was deployed to England, and subsequently moved from the suburbs of Paris to Germany, where he joined the 7th Army as a translator, interrogating German prisoners. He later...
Topics: Gumpertz Werner -- Interviews., United States. Army., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton., Oral...
Julius Breslouf was drafted into the United States Army in 1953 after having graduated from the New England College of Pharmacy. He completed basic training at Fort Dix (NJ). Breslouf then served at Camp Pickett (Virg.), and Brook Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio (Tex.). He was sent to Yokohama, Japan on the transport ship USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey. Breslouf was transferred to Yong Dong Po, Korea where he supported the 6th Medical Depot in a non-combat role. He was discharged in 1955 as a...
Topics: Breslouf Julius -- Interviews, United States, Army, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral...
Francis J. Tobin enlisted in the Air Force in 1963. After completing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, he was transferred to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls (Tex.). Tobin underwent specialized training at Bunker Hill Air Force Base in Kokomo, Indiana and was then assigned to Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon. There he served as an Airman First Class in the Intelligence Unit until 1967. In this role, he worked on war plans for nuclear missions and drew maps...
Topics: Tobin Francis J. -- Interviews., United States. Air Force., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton.,...
Peter DiFoggio, a longtime Newton resident, served in the 9th U.S. Air Force in World War II. He enlisted in 1942 and went to Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts before completing basic training in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was then assigned to Bedford Air Base and Richmond, Virginia, before he was deployed overseas. DiFoggio traveled from Brooklyn to Liverpool on the SS Monterey with 2,800 people (far exceeding the ship's peacetime capacity). He boarded a train to Glasgow, where he was...
Topics: DiFoggio Peter -- Interviews, United States, Air Force, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral...
Ivan Samuels enlisted in the Navy in 1951, completed officer training in Long Beach California, and was assigned to Norfolk, Virginia, and subsequently to a cargo ship in the Mediterranean. After leaving the Navy, he joined the US Naval Reserves, where he achieved the rank of Captain, sought opportunities to go to sea, and served on the Commissioning Committee for new ships. He recounts experiences while stationed in Norfolk and on shipboard, and reflects on the importance of volunteerism and...
Topics: Samuels Ivan R. -- Interviews., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton., Oral history., Korean War...
Diane Tarr was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Navy Nurse Corps in 1972. She trained at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and was assigned to the Chelsea Naval Hospital and Weymouth Air Station, both in Massachusetts. She headed a general medical care unit and was Head Nurse on a locked psychiatric ward. She talks about her experiences at the forefront of an era of changing roles for women, mixed feelings about serving in the military, moving experiences with patients, and the...
Topics: Tarr Diane L. -- Interviews., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton., Oral history., Vietnam War...
Samuel Starobin was born in Russia before moving to the United States to join family in Minnesota during the Great Depression. He was studying at the University of Chicago when World War II reached the US with the attack on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the Army, and in April 1943, he began basic training at Camp Wallace, in Texas. While there he interviewed to go to the United States Military Academy (West Point). Starobin was sent to Amherst College to prepare, then began classes at West...
Topics: Starobin Sam -- Interviews., United States. Army., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton., Oral...
Robert Lebowitz volunteered for the Army Medical Corps in 1967 while in medical school studying pediatrics. He completed basic training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and was assigned to a US Army hospital at Camp Zama in Japan, where he first worked in the pediatrics ward and emergency room. After the Tet Offensive, he cared for wounded soldiers helicoptered from Vietnam. He discusses learning the unfamiliar cultures of Japan and the Army simultaneously; the benefits of living outside the...
Topics: Lebowitz Robert -- Interviews., United States. Army., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton., Oral...
Richard Silverman, a life-long Newton resident, enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 while a student at Brown University. He was stationed in England, France and Germany. He participated in the allied invasion of Europe, landing in Normandy on D+8 (June 14, 1944). He served as a cryptographer with a mobile unit encoding messages for the 9th Air Force and was awarded five battle [service] stars. At the end of the war, he attended the Sorbonne in Paris through the assistance of the Army's...
Topics: Silverman Richard -- Interviews, United States, Army Air Forces, Interviews -- Massachusetts --...
Laura McTaggart was commissioned into the U.S. Navy after finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan with a Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarship, and served on active duty from 1992 to 1996. She completed Surface Warfare Officers School at Newport, Rhode Island, and received further training in anti-submarine warfare. She served on a frigate, then on an aircraft carrier where she became part of the first combatant U.S. Navy ship to deploy with an integrated male...
Topics: McTaggart Laura -- Interviews, United States, Navy, Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton, Oral...
John Hicks served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1981. He enlisted from his native state of Indiana. After basic training, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Toledo, a heavy cruiser from Long Beach, California and was involved in combat operations off the coast of Korea for one year. Hicks returned home and applied to submarine school. After acceptance and completion of three months of training, he departed from the Naval Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut, to Hawaii. Hicks served on 13 different...
Topics: Hicks John -- Interviews., United States. Navy -- Submarine forces., United States. Navy.,...
Arthur Talis enlisted in the Navy in August, 1945, interrupting his evening college business studies to follow in his older brother's footsteps. He completed boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes and was then assigned to the Personnel Separation Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the USS Puget Sound (CVE-113), a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier stationed in Alameda, California on March 19, 1946 and set sail for the Philippines the following day. Talis served as a dispersing clerk on...
Topics: Talis Arthur -- Interviews., United States. Navy., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton., Oral...
Philip Stoner enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August, 1966 at the age of 23. He attended Officer Candidates School (OCS) receiving his commission in October of the same year. Stoner received training at the Artillery School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Civil Affairs School in Fort Gordon, Georgia before deployment to Qủang Tr⁾ (Province), Vietnam. He was assigned to Battery I, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines, Company K; 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines; H & S Companies, 3rd Battalion,...
Topics: Stoner Philip -- Interviews., United States. Marine Corps., Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Newton.,...
Kevin McElaney is the son and grandson of Newton residents and currently lives in the Newton, Mass. home in which his family has lived since the 1920's. He was drafted into the United States Army in February 1968. He received training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and Fort Polk, Louisiana before deployment to Vietnam. He served in Vietnam from July 1968 to July 1969. He completed his service at Fort Carson, Colorado in February 1970. McElaney discusses the draft, soldier friendships and the personal...
Topics: McElaney Kevin -- Interviews., United States. Army., United States. Selective Service System.,...